Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Tonbridge Lions Junior School Choir Competition

Lion President Keith Bourne with his wife Valerie 
presents first prize to Stephanie Stephens of Slade Primary School

A new event in the busy programme of Tonbridge Lions Club turned out to be a great success. The planning and organisation was done with many eventualities considered, but true to form, at the River Centre on Wednesday 26th March, “it was alright on the night”. In fact a lot better than alright according to audience reaction and social media comments.

253 children made up the six choirs from Cage Green, Sussex Road, Hadlow, St Margaret Clitherow, Slade and Woodlands Schools. Each choir performed two songs to great acclaim from the audience of 350 parents and siblings. One child later confided about how scared they were by the volume of the clapping!

The judges, Helen MacGregor, Rachel Balcombe and Julie Hill, had a difficult task as all were so good in many different ways. Whilst the judges deliberated all six choirs and the audience had a great “singalong” of songs the children had learned for the Young Voices concert.

On behalf of the judges Helen MacGregor complimented each choir for the high standard of the performances and spoke of the enjoyment of the singers that shone through. “You are all winners!” she concluded. Lion President Keith Bourne and his wife Valerie presented the prizes. Each school received a cheque to help their music development.

Fourth equal were Cage Green Primary, Hadlow Primary and Woodlands Junior Schools. Third place went to Sussex Road Primary and second to St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Primary. In first place was Slade Primary School. To say they were excited is a huge understatement!
A donation will be made to chYps from the bucket collection.

On behalf of the Lions organising committee, Ken Thomas said, “ We were delighted with the event. All choirs performed really well and the community singing was fantastic.”

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Tunnel View at Tonbridge

Today I dropped in to The Tunnel Gallery situated in Tonbridge School grounds to take a look at the current exhibition 'Tunnel View', showing work by a number of local artists.

I love this gallery as it's a naturally lit white and airy space , but I'm maybe even more impressed by its situation and approach through beautifully kept borders, that were bursting into blossom in today's warm sunshine. It really is like walking into a tunnel.

The exhibits include colourful and uplifting work in glass, paperwork, print and photography. Most pieces are for sale and reasonably priced.

Although in Tonbridge School grounds this gallery is open to the public. The exhibition is open until next Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

Entrance is free and it's definitely worth a look.


Saturday, 15 March 2014

Peaceful Scene

The peace of the churchyard of St Peter and St Paul Parish Church captured in yesterday's low afternoon sunlight.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

St Stephens in the Spring

St Stephens Churchyard looked beautiful in the morning sunshine earlier this week. Here's a few more photographs I took. If you get a chance take a walk through while the daffodils and crocus are in bloom.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Want to catch a Tracey Emin in Tonbridge

A few weeks ago I went along to have a look at the 'In the Flesh' exhibition currently showing in the new OBS Gallery at Tonbridge School.

The exhibition explores the body through a range of different media such as painting, sculpture, print and photography through different perspectives incuding the arts, theology and science.

Recent art school graduates, staff and students from Tonbridge School exhibit alongside well known artists such as Henry Moore, Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Sidney Nolan, Antony Gormley and Chris Ofili. Quite an exclusive list!!!!!

Tracey Emin - Roman Standard - 2005
The Gallery is has perfect lighting, both natural and installed, and the architecture is stunning. So if you do go along cast your eyes upwards, away from the exhibits, and take in the windows and ceiling.

 This is really worth a look. It's free, and don't be afraid to go along simply because it's in the school. It is open to the public, and the friendly gallery attendants will have a guide on hand for you to use whilst there.

Patrice Moor - Tete de Mort - 2010/ll

 Enter through the boars heads on the High Street side, and the gallery entrance is straight ahead.

The exhibition runs until March 9, Friday - Sunday from 11am - 4pm except Friday March 7 when it is closed.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Beautiful glass in Tonbridge

The sun was shining through the east window in the Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul today, and as the colours were so incredibly vibrant I took the photos below.

The window is a unique one containing 8,000 pieces of glass. It is not a 'stained' glass window but an amalgamation of small pieces of coloured glass which gives the colours a greater richness.

The window was installed in 1954 after the plain glass window was destroyed by a flying bomb in 1944.

Leonard Walker, who designed and made the window, collected these pieces of coloured glass from all over the country, fitting them together into his overall design. It took him 3 years and he was in his 80's when he completed it.  His highly treausred glass designs can be found in many buildings in England, and we are lucky enough to have such a large piece of his work in Tonbridge.

It's really worth stopping by at the church to take a look.

Colours of Spring

The first colours of spring are now appearing along the river.